Middle finger

The middle finger, long finger, or tall finger is the third digit of the human hand, located between the index finger and the ring finger. It is typically the longest finger. In anatomy, it is also called the third finger, digitus medius, digitus tertius or digitus III.

Middle finger
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Middle finger
ArteryProper palmar digital arteries,
dorsal digital arteries
VeinPalmar digital veins, dorsal digital veins
NerveDorsal digital nerves of radial nerve, proper palmar digital nerves of median nerve
LatinDigitus III manus, digitus medius manus, digitus tertius manus
Anatomical terminology

In Western countries, extending the middle finger (either by itself, or along with the index finger in the United Kingdom: see V sign) is an offensive and obscene gesture, widely recognized as a form of insult. It is known, colloquially, as "flipping the bird",[1] "flipping (someone) off", or "giving (someone) the finger").

The middle finger is often used for finger snapping together with the thumb.


  1. ^ Jason Joseph, Rick Joseph (2007). 101 Ways to Flip the Bird. Broadway Books. ISBN 978-0-7679-2681-2.